Carl Boudreau has lived in Savage for 16 years. He is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief, with 21 years of law enforcement experience, with 3 life saves, over 600 metric tons of illegal drug seizures, and seized over 200 illegally imported parakeets. Today Carl is a Senior Software Architect and Developer helping large corporations to reduce the cost of business by reducing the complexity and redundant process by providing less expensive IT solutions to help business deliver more value to their customers.
Carl is the proud father of 4 children One is currently serving his country in the U.S Army, another is attending college studying Japanese to become an ESL teacher, another is studying to become a Nurse, and the youngest has been accepted into the Harriet Bishop Gifted & Talented program. Carl's passions include Photography, Wine Making, Gardening, and various Artistic genres.
"I thought I was done with service to my country & community. But as I witness the turmoil and the social clashes just north of Savage which are escalating more and more. I feel the need to step up and offer my services and years of leadership and experience to promote the 5 core principles of leadership." said Boudreau
The following is a mock interview based on historical questions asked of Candidates for City Council in prior years
Interviewer: What philosophies or principles guides you in life?
Boudreau: In my 21 year Coast Guard Career I learned and practiced 5 core principles to provide value to any team I am a part of.
- Integrity: Honor commitments. Never compromise ethics.
- Compassion: Walk in the shoes of people I serve and those I work with.
- Relationships: Build trust through communications and collaboration.
- Innovation: Predict cause and effect, invent the future, learn from failures.
- Performance: Demonstrate excellence in everything I do to set an example and goals for others to follow based on my experience as a Chief.
U.S. Coast Guard Performance Improvement Guide.
Interviewer: What skills, either professional or otherwise, do you think you bring to the table that would benefit the city council and the city as a whole?
Boudreau: With 38 years of leadership mixed in law enforcement and corporate information technology experience, I bring a unique mix of skills to provide solutions that improve processes, cut costs, and improve products and services to the residence of Savage. My 21 years of experience in law enforcement while partnering with local sheriff and police departments across out great country gives me an understanding of the difficulties of policing within Savage. My 17 years of experience in the corporate world of IT gives me experience to identify and execute high tech solutions to provide process to solve difficult business problems within Savage.
Interviewer: What's the biggest challenge facing the city right now and how do you think the city council should address it?
Boudreau: Of the five principles that guides me I think Relationships, and Innovation are the biggest challenges facing Savage.
Relationships between the Community and those charged with authority to maintain the Community will continue to be a challenge for Savage. With the speed of technology gaining more and more speed, comes the challenges to build and maintain relationships and the ability to communicate facts and evidence quicker and accurately. It is easy to send bad information online; before you realize it you are stuck on a major Interstate because someone reacted to premature information and is now protesting on the Interstate and or rioting and destroying local businesses. The value of and need to build relationships and communicate becomes apparent, considering the savings to the City if the originating caller would have spoken to the offending neighbor instead of calling the City.
Innovation: Employers across industries and regions have complained for years about a lack of skilled workers, and their complaints are backed by U.S. employment data. This is going to be a challenge to the growth rate of our City. The rate of unemployment within Savage is important to manage. However, the hourly rate of the average Savage resident is as equally if not more important. As a Technologist in Minnesota for the last 17 years there has been no opportunities for me to find work with in Savage. We need to encourage and attract more high-tech businesses to provide more opportunities for our members to build their earning potential therefor providing a larger tax base for the City growth.
Interviewer: Do you feel the city's current tax rate reflects the level of services residents receive?
Boudreau: Having an insight on the cost of business, I feel the level of service received far exceeds the current tax rate. However, we need to innovate and increase performance to work smarter and cheaper. For example, the operational cost to maintain snow removal would be a mind-blowing experience to the average resident if they took the time to calculate the budget for snow removal for the City. A poorly planned snow plow path could cost thousands of dollars each snowfall if an organized and efficient plow path is not designed and implemented well. How much does it cost to chlorinate and filter the water our residence drink?
Interviewer: A few years ago, the city invested in a sports dome, and more recently officials have begun discussing the possibility of a splash park. What are your thoughts on investing in these kinds of projects?
Boudreau: To understand my thoughts on investing into Savage, you need to have enjoyed a walk down the streets of Stillwater or Excelsior during and art exhibit event. They excel at managing the historical look and feel of a small town and the warmth of those small family owned shops. Savage has a rich history that is equal to Stillwater and Excelsior. I would like to see and support efforts to invest into producing that environment and atmosphere here is Savage. The attraction to our downtown area will be the gateway to attracting younger and newer high-tech businesses which in turn will provide more earning potential for our residence which in turn more growth for Savage.
Interviewer: What is your position on the current city's municipal liquor operation?
Boudreau: I don’t think it is a good idea for the City to engage in the sales of liquor. Intoxication is the leading driver of most law enforcement actions and city liquor sales is in a direct competition to small businesses and the strategic direction of our economic growth of Savage.
Interviewer: What is your vision for the future of Savage?
Boudreau: My vision for Savage is to build an atmosphere and draw of a small-town arts district look and feel, while encouraging and attracting high technology businesses. The ability for Savage to expand outward is limited to our borders. By attracting and encouraging high technology businesses that pay more per person will help us maintain a healthy economic growth within the limited physical boundaries.
Interviewer: Do you believe the city of Savage should be doing more to boost economic development?
Boudreau: Of course. Economic development is an object in motion. Object in motion tend to slow or even stop if a constant effort is not applied to keep them in motion. Opposing forces like inflation, unstable markets, and the competition of surrounding cities will impact the growth of economic development. I think that the past and current city leadership has done a great job. But it is not the sole responsibility of city leadership to continue the efforts.